BOLO – Week of March 5, 2017

From The Booking Desk:

The books on my list of titles to look out for this week have one thing in common: each of them is timely in their own way and reflect our contemporary lives through the lens of crime fiction. There is certainly something for everyone on this list.

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Sarah Hilary – Quieter Than Killing (Headline, Hardcover, £16.99, 03/09/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Readers can tell how much I love Sarah Hilary’s work from the BOLO Books reviews of the other books in this series: Someone Else’s Skin, No Other Darkness, and Tastes Like Fear. Look for a more in-depth review of this one tomorrow.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

It’s winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it’s personal.

Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.

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Brad Parks – Say Nothing (Dutton, Hardcover, $26.00, 03/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

There is little people won’t do to protect their child. In this juggernaut of an action thriller, a high-placed judge must betray his position to keep his children alive. Once you start this book, there is no stopping.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead.

It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire.

For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told.

Through it all, Scott and Alison will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves . . . or to each other.

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Wendy Tyson – Bitter Harvest (Henery Press, Paperback, $15.95, 03/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

With Bitter Harvest, Wendy Tyson writes another compelling mystery full of countless suspects and red herrings galore. This cozy will appeal to readers who love the traditional mystery and strong female characters.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Megan Sawyer should be shouting from the barn roof. Washington Acres survived its first year, the café has become a hotspot for locals, and Winsome’s sexy Scottish veterinarian is making house calls—only not for the animals. But as summer slips into fall and Winsome prepares for its grand Oktoberfest celebration, beer isn’t the only thing brewing. When the town’s pub owner is killed in a freak accident, Megan suspects something sinister is afoot in Winsome—but no one is listening. As nights grow longer and temperatures chill, Megan must plow through Winsome’s fixation with autumn festivities to harvest the truth—before another dead body marks the season.

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Gwen Florio – Reservations (Midnight Ink, Paperback, $14.99, 2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Anyone following the Dakota pipeline controversy will see echoes of it throughout Reservations. It’s hard to imagine a more timely crime fiction tale than this one. Reading will not solve our problems, but it certainly can allow us to see perspectives that would otherwise be denied and hopefully that can lead to understanding.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Journalist Lola Wicks would much rather pursue a story than spend time with people she barely knows. So when an eco-terrorist bombing escalates the controversy surrounding a new coal mine on Arizona’s Navajo Reservation, she’s almost relieved to have a distraction from meeting her in-laws.

But as the violence gets worse and Lola digs deeper, she can’t escape the feeling that her husband’s family is somehow involved―a suspicion that jeopardizes not only her marriage, but also her life.
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Paula Daly – The Trophy Child (Grove Press, Hardcover, $25.00, 03/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

Paula Daly’s Keep Your Friends Close was one of those books that stays with you – I still think about that twisted tale on occasion. Needless to say, I was excited to hear about another new book from Paula and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

Paula Daly is acclaimed for her distinctive voice, masterful plotting, and terrifying depictions of ordinary people whose everyday lives are turned upside down through deception and murder. In her unsettling new domestic thriller, The Trophy Child, Daly digs beneath the serene surface of the idyllic suburban Lake District community where families strive for perfection, delivering a suspenseful, surprising story of motherhood and fallibility.

Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighborhood call her assertive, others say she’s driven, but in gossiping circles she’s known as: the tiger mother. Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent—no matter the cost. But in an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start to rebel against her.

Her husband Noel is a handsome doctor with a proclivity for alcohol and women. Their prodigy daughter, Bronte, is excelling at school, music lessons, dance classes, and yet she longs to run away. Verity, Noel’s teenage daughter from his first marriage, is starting to display aggressive behavior. And Karen’s son from a previous relationship falls deeper into drug use. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen’s carefully constructed facade begins to fall apart—and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.

A thrilling tale of ambition and murder, Daly’s richly imagined world of suburban striving and motherly love is an absorbing page-turner about the illusions of perfection and the power games between husband and wife, parent and child.

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Dan Chaon – Ill Will (Ballantine, Hardcover, $28.00, 03/07/2017)

BOLO Books Comments:

This one features the dove-tailing of multiple plots to harness the most dramatic effect. Perfect for readers who enjoy becoming really immersed in a story that covers a longer time-span.

Jacket Copy (Publisher’s Description):

“We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves.” This is one of the little mantras Dustin Tillman likes to share with his patients, and it’s meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie?

A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.

Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.

From one of today’s most renowned practitioners of literary suspense, Ill Will is an intimate thriller about the failures of memory and the perils of self-deception. In Dan Chaon’s nimble, chilling prose, the past looms over the present, turning each into a haunted place.

2 thoughts on “BOLO – Week of March 5, 2017

  1. Nice selection this week. I just started reading Bitter Harvest yesterday, and am enjoying it so far. I am also interested in Brad Parks’ stand alone.

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